$41B budget, trickier issues face Illinois Legislature on final day

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Illinois state Sen. Ann Gillespie, D-Arlington Heights, presents a bipartisan plan to tighten ethics rules for Illinois lawmakers at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Monday, May 31, 2021. The ethics plan, delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, rose from the indictments in the fall of 2019 of several legislators in separate federal criminal cases, including one involving a state representative charged with offering a bribe for a vote while lobbying for another government body. (AP Photo/John O’Connor)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are scrambling to piece together a $41 billion state budget that Democrats are saying looks a lot brighter than expected. But time was running out Monday, the final day of the General Assembly’s spring session, and a lot of work remained.

The House prepared to vote on a budget for the year beginning July 1 that relies on eliminating business and job-growth tax incentives, but fewer than anticipated because of better-than-expected revenues.

Lawmakers were also planning to tackle legislation to tighten ethics rules and restrictions on gun ownership.

Approval of legislation after May 31 requires supermajority votes.

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